Ranking the 20 best 80s Horror Sequels


In the 80s, sequels played a vital role in the development of some of the most iconic horror franchises in history. Indeed, prior to the 80s, sequels were somewhat uncommon, at least by today’s standards. Similarly, no other genre utilized the sequel to great effect than the horror genre. With series like Friday the 13th releasing SEVEN films in the decade, going to see the latest sequel for a horror franchise became somewhat of an annual event. Unfortunately, not all of these entries were masterpieces. In fact, with infamously bad additions like “C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud,” fans were often left wondering just exactly why (or how) some sequels ever saw the light of day. Other films, however, managed to outshine their predecessors. In celebration of some of these great sequels, I have gone ahead and cultivated a ranking of what I deem to be the 20 best (or at least, my 20 favorite) sequels of the decade.

*I have opted to only include ONE sequel per series (e.g., one of the Friday the 13th films). Please refrain from commenting in an angry outburst that more FT13th or NOES films were not included.*

20. Fright Night Part II

19. Poltergeist II: The Other Side

18. The Fly II

17. House II: The Second Story

16. Bride of Re-animator


15. Critters II: The Main Course

14. Ghoulies II

13. Creepshow II

12. Return of the Living Dead Part II

11. Halloween II

10. Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter

9. Psycho II

8. Demons II

7. Phantasm II

6. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part II

5. Day of the Dead

4. Aliens

3. A Nightmare on Elm Street Part III: Dream Warriors

2. Hellbound: Hellraiser II

1. Evil Dead II

So, there you have it! Certainly there will be a lot of disagreement here! Let me hear your thoughts in the comment section!